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I have added a picture of Kenny from York Diamonds. I cannot find any photo from Humber College. We went there together and later he even lived for awhile two houses from my parents. We miss him.
Ted Wright (Montreal).
A month has come & gone since Ken passed. But, I'm reminded of him almost daily because of music - old & new. It was something that we almost always touched upon & shared during conversations.

This past winter while Ken was hanging out in the Palm Springs desert, I helped keep an eye on his home. We communicated often via email where our notes touched on the weather here & there, the state of Leaf hockey, spring training and music, too.

Ken was a big Bruce Springsteen fan and I recall our anticipation for Wrecking Ball going into March break - and it was well worth the wait once we heard more of the collection and early tour. The Boss was back.

The day he got back from California, I had gone to see Blackie & The Rodeo Kings @ Massey Hall that night. When we caught up the next day, I filled him in on the Kings & Queens tour featuring the talented Serena Ryder.

It didn't take long for Ken to announce that he was "Weak in the Knees" for Serena. The lad was smitten by the dynamic local songstress, and I was pleased to share the discovery.

Days later, Ken shared the music of Irish singer/songwriter, Glen Hansard with me via the movie Once. It was a charming, romantic movie about independent street musicians that spawned an Oscar for Best Song in 2007. I soon loved the story & songs, too.

Soon afterward, I realized I was hearing this Glen Hansard fellow on the radio daily and made Kenny aware of the latest release from the Irishman. Beautiful stuff, reminiscent of Van Morrison & Cat Stevens, too.

The day of Ken's memorial service treated us to music that help connect us to him - Johnny Reid, George Harrison, Jimmy Buffet, John Lennon and Danny Balaka's soulful rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game". All very poignant.

Music has a powerful way of conjuring up emotions & memories when you least expect it. I trust that'll never end, especially when I next hear the ol' ball game tune, Reid, Harrison, Buffet, Lennon, Springsteen, Ryder & Hansard.

Happy Christmas, "Hawk".

Hope you're enjoying your new wings & the heavenly sounds, too.
A shock to learn of such sad news.
I send my deepest and most sincere condolences to the Dickins family.

Ken you were a great person to say the least and I feel very fortunate to have known such a man.

You will be missed.
My uncle Kenny was always so happy, I don't recall seeing him without a smile on his face! His laugh was one of my favourite things about him, Hearing him laugh always made me want to smile, he always had a joke for me andmy brother whenever we saw him, he was so funny! I will miss you so much, I love you uncle Kenny. Rip ?
I just heard the news about Kenny's passing. Wow! What a shock! Ken and I spent several years hanging out together with our whole group of friends through the 60's and 70's. He supported my band Pandemonium and followed us to so many concerts. I remember full days of throwing frizbee on Toronto Island, just a bunch of care free freaks back then. I must admit Ken had the biggest and softest heart of all of us, so sincere, so genuine. I pray that God is being good to you today Kenny. Thanks for the great times together. You made my youth a little more special than it would have been without you.
I was very sad to hear of Ken's passing. Although it has been 10 years since I left Toronto, I remember him well as a friend and colleague from the old City of York. Those were good days. Rest well, Ken.
My sincere condolences to his family.
The day after Kenny's funeral, I have little doubt we are still reeling from the shock of his passing. Since there were several people, near and far, not able to make it to the funeral I wanted to express how fitting a service it was. He would have been so touched to see so many grown men crying! I was a part of 'the lonely hearts' female fan club at the back. One friend said she was trying to express the loss to her husband but 'he just didn't get it'. Ken always did. We all felt that we were special in his life...but that was Ken's greatest gift...making EVERYONE feel special. I spoke with Ken's neighbour Rob who was with him at the time of his passing. I was comforted to know that he did not know his end was near, nor was in significant pain very long. Way, way too soon but so happy that Ken had a relatively peaceful death and that he had good friends with him. The eulogies to Ken were poignant and captured his essence fully. He is smiling ear to ear knowing that there is a golf trophy in his name. Ken and I practiced yoga. He embraced the practice decades before it became the trend that it is today. Some of his most cherished moments were spent on Laguana Beach in yoga practice. He would often, out of the blue, send me a 'Namaste' text. Namaste has many meanings, but the one that we together decided upon was "may the light in you warm and inspire the light in me". Namaste Ken. Your light will warm and inspire me always. Love Deb.
Ken was a dear friend. Happy we had time together in Vancouver.You were always searching for answers and helping others do the same. Say hi to Ben Hogan Ken..he's been waiting for you.
OMG. We trained at the gym together and lived around the corner from each other. Separated by seconds, and now forever. I'm deeply saddened. Ken loved hearing about our youngest son and his GTHL hockey. Three gym friends: Loretta/Ken/Steven We will miss you Ken. My sincere condolences to family & friends. "California Dreaming" Ken. Steven
We have lost a dear, dear friend Kenny D. I loved how Ken would always have a song to sing ... and a smile on his face. All your West coast friends are going to miss you buddy. Forever in our hearts,
Dyan Des and Alex Delaney
Horseshoe Bay, BC

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